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Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Lost Oak Wins Gold

The 38th San Francisco International Wine Competition was held November 17 through November 19, 2018, during which 59 judges tasted over 4,500 wines. With entries from countries all around the world, the 2018 SFIWC was truly a global competition.

Here are the awards to Lost Oak Winery wine bestowed by the San Francisco International Wine Competition distinguished Competition judges.

Cabernet Franc 2016 GOLD
Montepulciano 2016 SILVER
Mourvèdre Rosé 2017 SILVER
Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 BRONZE
Viognier 2017 BRONZE
Blanc du Bois 2017 BRONZE

We are honored to be awarded such high accolades form this competition.

Cheers to Texas Wine!

Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Baby Emerson is One Year Old

Guess what??!?!  Emerson is ONE YEAR OLD!  

 

 

 
We could not be so thrilled.  
 
 
We would like to start this post by saying THANK YOU to everyone who has purchased Sweet Emerson wine from our Tasting Room.  You have no idea the impact you have made in the life of this family.  As you know, Emerson was born with a congenital heart defect.  She is the niece of Jim Evans, our Winemaker and dear friend.  Read about the start of Emerson wine here.
 
 

Here is a sweet post by her mother Aly.  It truly has taken a village to raise this sweet little girl.  And yes, we still have more Emerson wine for sale in the Tasting Room! 

A long but VERY important thank you. Our little Emerson turns one year old today. She is so spunky, stubborn, and independent. I want to say thank you to all of the people who helped us get to today.
- Dr. Misamore in Mansfield for seeing something in that tiny baby sonogram and getting us to the right specialist to have a diagnosis at 27 weeks (something that can go missed until it is to late)
-Dr. Farley and everyone at the Advanced Maternal and Newborn Institute at Medical City Dallas for walking me through the rest of my pregnancy with a heart baby and delivering her safely
- Dr. Day for all of my prenatal sonograms figuring out down to the millimeter our sweet girls anatomy.
- Dr. Schwenderman and his NICU team for reacting when Emerson coded and removing the fluid around her heart to save her life.
- Father Brian for praying with us when we thought we were losing her and for showing up every time things were overwhelmingly hard as if sent from God directly.
- Every single CHSU nurse in the incredible unit at Medical City Children's Hospital that took care of her in a way i never could and making sure I never questioned her care along the way.
Pediatric Heart Specialists for creating the plan to get us here today. Countless medications, procedures, and planning. Everyone including Dr. Alan Sing, Holly (and her tolerance of my countless questions in the midst of her being a superwoman in her own life), and Ashley (caring for my daughter while carrying two of her own!)
- Dr. Renard for repairing her malrotated intestine and placing her G-tube - the tool that would sustain her to this point and past.
- Dr. Eric Mendeloff for holding my daughters heart in his hand and giving her a chance at life - the gratitude I have for that is so great it is intensely overwhelming.
- Dr. Delia Wright in Grandbury for taking on our case and being an amazing pediatrician
- Our incredible gastrointerologist Dr. Lillienne Chan walking us through how to feed Emerson.
- Our Nutritionist Maria-Paula Carillo with Life Cycle Nutrition for working so closely with Dr. Chan to come up with creative ways to make sure her nutritional needs are being met.
- Dr. Ha for helping us get her helmet to correct her Plagiocephaly.
- Katie and everyone at ECI for woking with her on physical therapy and speech therapy
Lost Oak Winery and 4.0 cellars owners, staff, and patrons for creating Emerson wine- proceeds of which made it possible to get emerson every medication she needs and all the transportation to the countless appointments. This was crucial and incredibly kind.
- Everyone who has donated to our GOFUNDME page - these funds helped more than you could know.
- The staff at Grace Preschool, LLC for understanding along the way and teaching my sweet Harper and showing her God's grace in a time of great confusion for her.
Yuridiana Santos for being the BEST home nurse and mom or baby could ask for and an incredible mom to her own children.
- Constant Family support
- Everyones prayers and thoughts - I firmly believe they are the foundation for the success of all of those listed above.
I'm sure I have forgotten people, so many have made all of this possible. Thank you will never be enough for giving us our little girl.
 
03/07/18
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Four Weddings and a Great Winery Wedding

On January 6, 2018 Lost Oak Winery was featured as a wedding venue on 

TLC's Four Weddings

 
 

We could not be more thrilled to report we scored a 9 out of 10 for venue! 

The wedding held here came in second place overall.  Cheers to all of you who tuned in to watch!
Check out the episode on TLC  "Four Weddings and a Texas Showdown" Season 7, episode 1.
 
 
Questions or want to make an appointment to tour?  Email us at events@lostoakwinery.com. 
 
 

WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award

 
Lost Oak Winery is proud to be a recipient of WeddingWire Couples' Choice Awards®.
Recipients represent the top five percent of wedding professionals on WeddingWire who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness, and professionalism.
 
For more photos, find us on 

 

 

 
 
and Facebook.  

By Mariam Copeland
 
 
 
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Gene Estes wins Lifetime Achievement Award

 
We are thrilled to announce that Gene Estes has been awarded the John E. Crosby, Jr. Award which recognizes lifetime achievement in the Texas wine and grape industry the Texas Wine and Grape Grower’s Association convention in February, 2018.  
 
 
The award was presented to him at the beautiful gala on Saturday night.  Gene is humbled, thrilled and was caught quite speechless at the announcement on gala night!
 
 
Gene was born and raised in Abilene, Texas - home of three religious universities, designated a dry precinct, and a 150 mile drive to buy an alcoholic beverage. 
 
 
 
This probably had something to do with his decision to start making wines from Concord grape juice at the age of 23. Gene made his first wine in 1963 in his parent’s garage from Concord grape juice. It exploded. 
 
 
 
 
 
After serving in the Army in Vietnam, Gene returned to the United States in 1966.  He began graduate school at Texas Tech University and earned a Masters of Science degree in Microbiology.  
 
 
 
 
He entered the pharmaceutical world with jobs in North Carolina, and at Alcon Labs in Fort Worth, Texas. His favorite assignment was spending two years in Alsace to get FDA approval of the ophthalmic solutions that Alcon produced there for sale in the US market. 
 
Of course, he spent his weekends touring and learning the wine industry of perhaps the premier white wine region of the world.  While he was there, he earned a medallion of distinction with the Confrérie Saint-Etienne for his keen tasting skills as a connoisseur of wine after undertaking a formal and vinous admission test.
 
 
 
 
When Gene returned to the U.S., he bought property in Burleson, purchased wine grape vines and put them in pots until he could plant them.  And thus Lost Oak Winery was born.  Lost Oak has gotten to where it is today with a great labor of love.
 
 
 
Gene served as president of the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association (TWGGA) in 2008, has served on their Board for numerous years and chaired their Education and Research Committee.  In 2018 Gene was awarded the John E. Crosby, Jr. Award which recognizes lifetime achievement in the Texas wine and grape industry.  
 
 
 
 
Anyone who meets Gene senses his passion, enthusiasm and energy to grow wine grapes and produce excellent wines in Texas - perhaps the most hostile environment in the world to do so - but as Gene claims, it is a testament to the Texas mentality of doing the impossible.
 
 
 
 
~  Cheers!
 
But then....  in keeping with Tall In Texas Award Tradition...
Mariam & Angela were entrusted to take the award home, and took it on a tour of Las Colinas, Texas!

 
 
The Mustangs of Las Colinas and Marilyn Monroe approve...
 
Written by Mariam Copeland
 
 
 
 

 

Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Emerson Update

For those of you who have purchased Sweet Emerson wine, we THANK YOU!
Here is an update on baby Emerson, the daughter of Aly Lockhart and niece of our Winemaker Jim Evans.  She is eight months old and doing so well!  She has a very long road of hospital stays behind her, and a long road ahead of her, but we could not be more overjoyed to tell you news is good!

Emerson is now five months post-heart surgery. She has routine checks at her cardiologist, gastroenterologist, and nutritionist in Dallas and they are all very happy with her progress. She has one of the best post-surgical outcomes with her type of heart defect and is right on track to have her next heart surgery between the ages of 2 and 3. One in one hundred children are born with some form of heart defect or malformation, and her particular defects required her to have both a heart surgery and stomach surgery at the age of three months.

Having spent so much time in the hospital at such an early age, her oral development has been very slow. She receives most of her nutrition and medications from a feeding tube connected to her stomach. However, she continues to reach milestones and is working very hard at becoming more independent of the feeding tube, relying more on eating solid food and receiving some medicines by mouth. She has spent the last three months wearing a helmet to correct plagiocephaly, flat head syndrome, as a direct result of her lying on her back in the hospital. As much as she hates to wear it, the helmet is easily decorated with bows and has been the perfect accessory to every outfit she wears.

Her personality flourishes and she is such a bright light in this world.

For every bottle of Emerson wine purchased, Lost Oak will donate $5 to the GoFundMe account for Emerson's ever-growing medical expenses.

Please help give little Emerson the start in life she needs.

Thank you for your generosity.

- The Lost Oak Family

https://www.gofundme.com/baby-emersons-medical-fund

 

Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

How we "Lost" our "Lone"

Lost Oak winery didn’t start off as Lost Oak, in fact it didn’t start off as a winery at all!

Gene Estes started out as a grape grower here in Burleson, Texas back in 1989. He sold his grapes to a small winery in Denton called Lone Oak. In 2003 the owners of Lone Oak decided to try their hand at the restaurant scene and bought a little bar-b-que place called Rudy’s. By 2005 they had opened multiple locations and decided to get out of the wine business. Gene leaped at the opportunity to own his own winery, and bought Lone Oak Winery and moved it from Denton to Burleson.   In August of 2006 Loan Oak Winery was officially opened.

 


The new Winery in Burleson was a big hit, garnering awards and acclaim from all over, but none as prestigious as the Double Gold Medal from the prestigious San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition we won with our Viognier in 2010!  We were so proud!

 

 


However, all this attention also had its downside. Amongst all the hubbub of winning such a huge award we also received a cease and dissent letter stating that another winery in California owned the trademark to the name Lone Oak Winery. Oopsie!

So, Lone Oak Winery in Burleson, Texas bowed out graciously and changed its name to Lost Oak Winery in 2012.

 

 


And that... is how we "Lost" our Lone!"

See the story of Lost Oak Winery over the past 10 years by clicking here

 

Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Texas Wine Month: Tempranillo

Celebrate Texas Wine Month with Tempranillo!  Use Promo code TEMP10 at the Lost Oak Tasting Room or our online store for 10% off Tempranillo from Oct 4-8, 2017.  

Tempranillo, as most of the world knows it today, originated in Spain. Its versatility made it a popular grape with wine makers all over Spain and Portugal.
 
Here in Texas, grape growers are always looking for varietals that can stand up to our unique climate. After all, it’s not unheard of to have all four seasons in one week, or even one day. Not to mention the heat during the summer can be unbearable for a lot of grape vines. Tempranillo, however, tend to bud out a little later than other varietals making it a little less susceptible to late freezes. They are also heat and drought tolerant and ripen quickly. 

Lost Oak Winery is proud to have been featured in the news on multiple occasions with out award-winning Tempranillo.
One of our favorites is this article from 2013 from the Fort Worth Star Telegram, and picked up by the San Francisco Gate News.  Check it out by clicking here!

 

Tempranillo hits pay dirt in Texas

WINE Spanish grape Tempranillo puts down roots in state
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Published 4:42 pm, Saturday, March 16, 2013

Roxanne Myers of Lost Oak Winery near Fort Worth, Texas, with Tempranillo that took gold at the 2010 San Francisco International Wine Competition.
For two years, Neal Newsom, a well-regarded West Texas grower, stubbornly put off entreaties from a would-be Dallas winemaker in his 20s to gamble on Tempranillo.
It was the late 1990s and Newsom had never heard of Dan Gatlin, nor did he like what the scion of the Hasty liquor store chain had to say - that the dark red Spanish grape with flavor notes of blackberry and currant might someday produce the state's signature wine.
Gatlin kept nagging, but Newsom remained reluctant, explaining: "Tempranillo just had no history to speak of east of the Rockies. And it hadn't been grown at this altitude in the United States. I was just scared."
Then Gatlin made an unusual offer. He'd buy the vines, have them shipped to the High Plains from California, and supply anything else needed if Newsom contributed the labor to grow it. Gatlin would be reimbursed in grapes - if the vines actually produced.
And they did.
Going for the gold
Texas Tempranillo has now garnered gold medals, including one at the prestigious San Francisco International Wine Competition, and many regional winemakers are predicting it will become the state's best-known wine grape. Bobby Cox, a Fort Worth-reared winemaker and consultant, is convinced that Texas will eventually surpass California in Tempranillo acreage.
"Where was Tempranillo 20 years ago when I needed it?" complained Don Brady, an award-winning winemaker at California's Robert Hall Winery and owner of the Brady Vineyard label, who got his start in Lubbock, Texas. "It may well be a big part of Texas' answer to quality red wine."
Lone Star winemakers have come a long way since the 1970s, when they were advised by "experts" that only American hybrids would thrive in the state. Some did, but the wine was generally disappointing.
Most switched to French and Italian varietals, which garnered respect for many wineries. Early on, Lubbock's Llano Estacado took a double gold (reflecting the judges' unanimous decision) with its Chardonnay at the 1986 San Francisco competition. But Cox said some varieties were more suited to California than Texas, or cost more to grow and yielded less.
'Different here'
"Everything's different here," Cox said. "We're the yang to California's ying,"
"Tempranillo has become a better grape for Texas than Cabernet or Merlot," insists Les Constable, an early experimenter with the Spanish variety who has tried out scores of different grapes at Brushy Creek Winery near Alvord, Texas, 55 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Alamosa Winery's Tio Pancho Ranch vineyard in San Saba County also was a Tempranillo pioneer.
"Like Shiraz is for Australia and Malbec for Argentina, I think Texas is going to do well with Tempranillo," Constable said. "It's already a huge grape for the state."
After Newsom took Gatlin's challenge, he discovered that "Tempranillo turned out to be winter hardy."
Today, he sells much of his Tempranillo to Gatlin's Inwood Estate Vineyards winery in Dallas and San Martino Winery in Rockwall.
"It's just so well adapted to many parts of the state," Newsom said. "It produces high-quality wines even as a young vineyard, 3 or 4 years old, while it takes eight or 10 years to get to that level with other grapes."
And it produces better in his vineyard than Cabernet. In a good year, an acre of Tempranillo yields 4 tons while Cabernet would do half that, he said. In a typical year, both fetch about $2,000 a ton, but with the Spanish grape outproducing by 2-to-1, it proved a boon for Newsom Vineyards.
Akin to cassis
Lost Oak Winery near Fort Worth grows its own Tempranillo but used grapes from Lost Draw Vineyards in the High Plains to be named best Tempranillo at the 2010 San Francisco competition. Lost Oak's owner, retired Alcon Laboratories executive Gene Estes, said the winning wine, aged in American oak barrels, has a dark fruit flavor akin to cassis (black currant) and blackberries - "with some cinnamon and cigar box undertones."
In Spain, a wine buyer can pay $5 for a Tempranillo or as much as $500, depending on the quality, said Gatlin, whose Inwood wines of that variety start at $41.

"In 100 years, Texas will be Tempranillo and everything else will be minor varietals," Newsom predicted.
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Tall in Texas 2017 Award Winner

You can imagine how THRILLED and honored we were to learn we were the recipients of this year's Tall in Texas award.  

 

 

 

What is the Tall in Texas Award?  Here you go!

 

During the Texas Wine Tribute on Saturday, September 9, Grapevine’s 31st Annual GrapeFest – A Texas Wine Experience, presented by Bank of the West, will be held. During the gala, the highly-anticipated “Tall in Texas” award will be presented. This honor is bestowed upon a Texas winery in recognition of the winery’s leadership role in the dedication to, support of and promotion of the Texas wine industry. For the first time, two wineries have been selected to receive this distinguished award. The 2017 recipients of the Tall in Texas award are Lost Oak Winery of Burleson, TX and Brennan Vineyards of Comanche, TX.

 

Dressed in our very best, we proudly went to Grapevine Texas to receive the award.
The power family
The Dinner was a four course meal with six wonderful wines, three from Lost Oak and three from Brennan.
 
 
 
 
Soup with Brennan Roussanne
 
Salad with Lost Oak Blanc du Bois
 
Entree
 
Dessert
 
Speeches were made, awards were given, and a grand time was had by all!
 
Gene and Jim looking so dapper...  always talking wine, and always a good time!
 
The girls can clean up pretty well....
 

 

 

 

Congratulations Jim, Carol won you a cruise to Alaska at the auction.  hehe
 
 
Award was received, and then they made the error of telling Mariam & Angela to bring it home.  It may have gone on a tour of Grapeveine TX, and there *may* have been a ransom note....
 
 
CHEERS!
 
 
 
 
 
woo-hooo!
 
By Mariam Copeland
 
 
 
 
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Solar Eclipse 2017

We were lucky enough to experience the partial solar eclipse of 2017 here in Burleson Texas!
Armed with a pinhole projector made by Mariam and Angela, and of course some great Lost Oak Texas Wine we were ready!
Roxanne, Angela & Mariam - eclipse ready!
So cool! 
The pinhole projector worked!
Eclipse on paper!
Tyrell showed up with a welder's hood!!!  And he was kind enough to share!
Roxanne Sun-viewing
 
We all took turns
Put it on like this...  now can I have it back?
We later found out that we were not the only ones to watch the eclipse like this.  Apparently we ARE the Texas stereotype!  We saw this meme after we watched the eclipse through a welders hood.... 
Because, Texas
Much to our delight we saw that tree leaves also make pinhole projectors.  The front of the Lost Oak Event center was like a magical disco-ball reflection of crescents.  
Sooooo Cooool!!!
Solar eclipse, cheers to you!
 
And if you missed the eclipse, you can watch our rendition of it right here!
 
 
 
 
Mariam Copeland
 
March 4, 2019 | Mariam Copeland

Sweet Emerson Wine

Little Emerson Carol Lockhart was born on February 24, 2017 with a congenital heart defect that will require much medical attention. She will have two major heart surgeries before the age of five.
 
Emerson is the daughter of Aly and Clint Lockhart. Aly is a former employee of Lost Oak and niece of Lost Oak's winemaker Jim Evans. We are overjoyed to have baby Emerson as part of the Lost Oak Family.
Emerson is pictured here at  four months old.  She loves being in motion, always having music playing, and kicking her feet.  She does not like having her temperature taken and has a sensitive tummy.
She has had three surgeries and is 25 days post heart surgery. She is a little warrior!
 
For every bottle of Emerson wine purchased, Lost Oak will donate $5 to the GoFundMe account for Emerson's ever-growing medical expenses. 

Please help give little Emerson the start in life she needs.

Thank you for your generosity.
 
- The Lost Oak Family
 

 

 

 

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